Vegetarians, vegans, the health conscious and those simply trying to live a little lighter don’t have to depend on salads alone when visiting Amsterdam. Though Dutch cuisine favours hearty dishes that revolve around meat and potatoes, there are plenty of vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam that aim to please all palates.

Vegan restaurants

Mr & Mrs Watson

Mr & Mrs Watson gives those who crave non-vegan foods the chance to satisfy those cravings – including cheese, which was voted best vegan cheese by PETA in 2017. The restaurant, located in Amsterdam Oost, offers favourites such as sloppy BBQ sandwiches (made with pulled jackfruit), cashew-based fondue, cheesecake and cheese platters as well as the all-important frietjes with eggless mayonnaise. Dietary restrictions are taken seriously here, with gluten- and nut-free options available for diners. Linnaeuskade 3h, Oost

Mr Mrs Watson Amsterdam

Meatless District

With a completely animal-free menu, Meatless District is a vegan’s delight. The multinational menu is fairly small, but this allows the kitchen to focus on creating one-of-a-kind dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, yellow beet, dukkah and mint puts a twist on trendy avocado toast, while more typical dishes like scones and scrambled “eggs” also appear on the menu. The starting price for a main course at dinner is €15, which includes the Meatless District burger: a grilled aubergine creation served with “Boerenfriet” and mayo (vegan, of course).  Bilderdijkstraat, Oud-West

Meatless District Amsterdam

The Vegan Junk Food Bar

Junk food isn’t just for meat eaters – vegans can indulge, too! At the Vegan Junk Food Bar, all the tasty treats usually reserved for carnivores are on the menu, including juicy plant-based burgers and fries, made completely of vegan ingredients. The Vegan Junk Food Bar has two locations: the De Pijp spot is a fully-fledged restaurant serving up dishes such as shawarma and bitterballen, while the Oud-West location has more of a takeaway cafe vibe. Marie Heinekenplein 9-10, De Pijp and Staringplein 22,Oud-West

Vegan Junk Food Bar

The Dutch Weed Burger Joint

No, this restaurant isn’t serving “special” burgers you’d find in coffee shops; they’re serving burgers that taste just as good as the real thing, made with seaweed cultivated in Zeeland, microalgae and beans. There’s more to the Dutch Weed Burger Joint’s menu than burgers, though: the Dutch Weed Dog, Wish ‘n Chips and Seawharma are all healthier versions of their meaty counterparts, but with all of the flavour.  Nicolaas Beetsstraat 47, Oud-West

Dophert

All vegan, all good. This casual breakfast and lunch joint in the Westerpark neighbourhood serves only a plant-based menu, so there’s no dairy or eggs even in the kitchen. The breakfast menu, served from 10:00 to 16:00, features vegan cheese, tofu and blueberry pancakes (sorry, only during the weekend!). Lunchtime and dinner — available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays — brings chickpea-based burgers, sandwiches and filling soups. Don’t forget dessert, though. Egg- and lactose-free cakes, ranging from peanut butter brownie to red velvet and everything in between, are available for custom order from the Dophert kitchen in addition to catering services. The restaurant also has a little shop offering cruelty-free snacks, cosmetics and accessories. Spaarndammerstraat, Westerpark

Koffie ende Koeck

The menu at this breakfast stop, lunchroom and bakery is 100% plant-based and 100% delicious, offering up sweet treats and savoury bites to enjoy in the cosy café or outside on the terrace. The cake is the high point at Koffie ende Koeck: each flavour, including chocolate hazelnut, Victoria sponge, carrot cake and more, are made with vegan-friendly ingredients. For an extra-special vegan feast, reserve your spot at High Tea for tea sandwiches, scones and unlimited tea. Haarlemmerweg 175,Westerpark

Koffie ende Koeck Amsterdam

Mastino

There are two locations for this plant-based pizza place: the original Mastino in De Pijp offers both traditional pizzas as well as vegan ones, while Mastino V in Amsterdam-West is all vegan, all the time (though you can order regular mozzarella, if you like). Try a Full Moon pizza with pesto or a Frida & Diego for a Mexican mix, enjoyed either at the small restaurant or delivered to your door. Eerste van der Helststraat 78 hs, De Pijp and Bilderdijkstraat 192 H, Oud-West

Mastino Vegan Amsterdam

DeShima

Operating as part of the Kushi Institute of Europe, DeShima is all about macrobiotics. The daily menu contains no animal products — it’s completely vegan — and dishes inspired by Asian cuisine. A hot lunch, which includes grains, beans and seasonal vegetables, starts at €15, and there are smaller dishes for just a quick bite to eat: vegan sushi and miso soup start at just €3.50.  You can dine in or order for delivery until 14:00, so there’s no dinner served. After that the restaurant is converted into a classroom, but you can certainly stick around, don an apron and learn to whip up your own vegan dishes at home. Weteringschans, Spiegelkwartier

DeShima Amsterdam

OT301 — De Peper

Hidden inside the OT301, a cultural centre located in a former film academy, is De Peper. It’s not really a restaurant, though; it’s a “cultural kitchen” in Oud-West that features 100% organic and vegan produce (kosher and halal guests are more than welcome). The experience is a bit unique in that it’s run by volunteers and there’s no table service or menu. The price of a meal, which includes a starter and main course, is on a sliding scale from €7 – 10 so that everyone can try vegan food. Desserts are a mere €1.50, and all donations go to the upkeep of the restaurant. It’s casual, laidback and made up of a community of art, music and earth lovers. Overtoom, Oud-West

De Peper Amsterdam

Vegetarian restaurants

De Bolhoed

Just 350 metres from the Anne Frank House on the pretty Prinsengracht, this earthy eatery serves up organic comfort foods to help you recharge during the day. Casseroles, soups — including a vegan French onion soup — and salads dominate the menu. With the restaurant’s location right on the shimmering canal and its façade decorated in lush greenery, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam from a cosy seat. On rainy days, the inside of De Bolhoed is just as charming with its New Age-y décor, plentiful indoor plants and a friendly cat that may come for a quick cuddle. Prinsengracht, Jordaan

De Bolhoed Amsterdam

Café de Ceuvel

This place is part of The Ceuvel, a “regenerative urban oasis” located in Amsterdam-Noord. The café opened in 2014 with a focus on providing healthy food not only for people, but for the planet, too. The Ceuvel has built the world’s first Biogas Boat, where biogas and nutrient-rich fertiliser is extracted from organic waste from the restaurant. Besides a selection of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, soup and snacks, there’s the adventurous “Farm to Table” menu, which starts at €22 for two. It changes every two weeks and depends on what the local food suppliers offer. A dish of “saved vegetables,” which features veggies turned away by supermarkets for being just too ugly, is on the menu for those truly trying to save the planet. There’s simply no waste (or wasted appetite) at De CeuvelKorte Papaverweg, Amsterdam Noord

vanVeg

Located just a 15-minute train ride from the centre of Amsterdam in nearby Haarlem, this veggie heaven eschews boring salads and tofu in favour of exciting, inventive vegetarian dishes. Everything is easy to reheat at home, so you can even stock up on your favourite dish – the Jamaican curry or Undutch-a-ball dumplings, for example – for a night or two. Eat in at the cosy café or get your food to go, but definitely don’t skip dessert! Zijlstraat 21A, Haarlem

vanVeg Haarlem

Beter & Leuk

After enjoying a healthy brunch at Beter & Leuk, you can learn how to cook it. It may not be exactly the same dish, but definitely something worthy of this busy spot. In addition to serving tasty veggie dishes, the restaurant offers various workshops (a three-hour vegan sushi course, for example) to help its patrons eat healthier at home. From its own kitchen in the Oosterpark neighbourhood, Beter & Leuk offers freshly pressed juices and smoothies; breakfast nibbles such as scones, eggs and pancakes; and lunch items such as the soy and kombu-based Dutch Weed Burger. Latecomers won’t have to miss out, either. You can grab one of the meals as takeaway for a healthy dinner at home. Eerste Oosterparkstraat, Oosterpark

De Culinaire Werkplaats

Food meets art in this Westerpark studio and restaurant combination run by “food concept designers” Eric Meursing and Marjolein Wintjes. The menu marries design with produce and grains, resulting in a work of art on a plate. Every ingredient is chosen for “taste and inspiration,” but it must also stick to the owners’ principles: cruelty-free, small or organic farming, fair trade, direct trade, seasonal or local. The five-course €45 menu always changes, so there’s no best seller. Make sure you call ahead, since reservations are required and there is very limited seating. Next door to De Culinaire Werkplaats the owners have opened an art gallery that aims to display food like art, such as their edible wedding dress made of rhubarb fabric. It’s dinner and a show all in one! Fannius Scholtenstraat, Westerpark

Manamana

This restaurant has been serving up Lebanese and Israeli dishes for just a few years now, and it has quickly become a favourite among the locals. Dishes such as shakshuka, hummus and the “psychedelic cauliflower” are must-tries on the menu, but don’t worry if you can’t order it all – veggie lovers in Amsterdam won’t need much convincing to visit manamana more than once. Eerste Jan Steenstraat 85, De Pijp

manamana Amsterdam

Golden Temple 

Located on the lively Utrechtsestraat, the Golden Temple has been attracting worshipers of vegan and vegetarian food to its altar  since 2008. Named after the famous Sikh temple in North India, the Golden Temple aims to nourish your body and your mind with hearty, plant-based dishes gathered from the far corners of Asia and South America.  Utrechtsestraat, centre 

Golden Temple Amsterdam

Dignita Hoftuin

Tucked in a hidden city garden behind the breath-taking Hermitage Amsterdam, this urban oasis is also a vegetarian’s dream. The kitchen uses only organic, locally grown ingredients, meaning that guests are doing good by eating well. The Dignita Hoftuin kitchen is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, offering up dishes such as the “posh porridge”, courgette fritters and a healthy winter salad.  Nieuwe Herengracht 18a, Centre

Dignita Hoftuin Amsterdam

Betty’s

Head to Betty’s, a nearly 30-year-old vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Amsterdam Zuid, for a complete culinary surprise. The €35 three-course menu changes regularly and isn’t posted online, so you won’t know what’s cooking until you have been served. That is, unless you go back a couple times in a week. The food is delicious, but the atmosphere truly makes Betty’s a special place. The warm, welcoming and gracious owners take the time to let you enjoy the menu and wine selection. If you love it, you can even learn how to make your own vegetarian dishes in the style of Betty’s with cooking and baking workshops starting at €75. Rijnstraat, Zuid

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